The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded Windstream Corp. a $12 million contract to provide voice, data and Internet services to the agency's facilities in the northeast United States.
The contract, which covers 11 states in the northeastern U.S. that the agency collectively labels Region 4, was set at a baseline $12 million but could grow to as much as $20 million over five years, the Little Rock-based telecommunications firm said in a statement.
Veterans Affairs previously contracted with hundreds of local telecommunications vendors but has taken steps this year to consolidate by dividing the country into four regions and contracting with a single vendor for each region in an effort to reduce costs, according to the statement.
Windstream's service region oversees more than 300 Veterans Affairs facilities, including VA hospitals, clinics, cemeteries and call centers, the statement said.
The firm said it has netted the first regional contract and that it expects to have the services in place by the end of the year, the company said.